Rewrite of First Assignment – Excerpt from ICM 505 Essay, “America’s Youth, Romantic Relationships and Texting”

Overlooking my previous work, I was inclined to go back and rewrite some posts, using what I’ve learned so far. My greatest challenge is my wordiness, and I struggle between knowing when to use very sophisticated language versus more casual language (more conversational). Here’s the re-written post from our first assignment. It’s sure much easier to read, and I feel it flows a bit better. Input would be great!

Mobile technologies have begun governing how Americans interact. Rather than simply use a land-line phone or send handwritten letters, we communicate using devices no bigger than our hands. America’s youth currently overshadows all other demographics as the largest text messaging consumers (Drouin, Michelle and Carly Langraff). Since texting amongst our youth has become the social norm, it has impacted the course of friendships and romantic relations. Its prevalence even caused customs, such as proper emoticon use and lingo, to emerge. Since cell phones became ubiquitous, it has significantly impacted daily communication for Americas.

Today, 85 percent of adults own cell phones, according to the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project (Brenner). An additional 80 percent of these owners claim to text on a daily basis (Brenner). Aside from the camera, “text messaging is the most common non-voice application Americans use on their mobile phones,” according to a September 2011 Pew Research Report (Smith). The most avid cell phone users, however, are the 18 to 24-year-old demographic, with 95 percent owning a phone and 97 percent of owners texting every day (Smith). According to the Pew Research Center, this demographic sends over 100 texts daily which translates “to more than 3,200 texts per month.” These numbers are twice the amount sent by 25 to 34-year-olds and 23 times the amount sent by ages 65 and older (Smith). With nearly all of our youth texting, the communication tool is now recognized as an acceptable way to socialize.

Younger generations, who were born in the midst of technological innovations, are accustomed to settling for the most convenient, fast-paced communication tools available. The popularity of texting lies in its combination of “email and instant messaging,” while simultaneously representing “a merging of written and oral communication modes” (Holtgraves). Even though texting shares similarities with email and instant messaging, its mobile capabilities offer “a written form of communication” that occurs “interactive in real-time” both of which appeal to younger consumers (Holtgraves).

Brenner, Johanna. “Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.” Pew Internet:
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Drouin, Michelle, and Carly Landgraff. “Texting, Sexting and Attachment in College Students’
Romantic Relationships.” Computers in Human Behavior 28.2 (2012): 444-49. Academic
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Holtgraves, Thomas. “Text Messaging, Personality and the Social Context.” Journal of Research
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45.1 (2011): 92-99. Academic OneFile. Web. 11 Dec. 2012.

Smith, Aaron. “Americans and Text Messaging.” How Americans Use Text Messaging. Pew
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